Paid Internship Opportunity with the WomanStats Project

DATA COLLECTION INTERN FOR WOMANSTATS PROJECT IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE KENT Q-STEP CENTRE

The School of Politics and International Relations is delighted to offer an internship opportunity within the School assisting Dr Andrea Den Boer in her role as Co-PI of the WomanStats Project:

WomanStats (http://www.womanstats.org/) is the largest database (with 350 variables for 175 countries) on the situation of women worldwide. One of the primary goals of WomanStats is to develop innovative indices and measures to describe the situation and status of women, which will allow for empirical analysis, assessment, monitoring, and evaluation activities.

The successful intern will collect cross-national data (laws/policies and their implementation) regarding violence against women, under the direction of Dr den Boer. The candidate must have good internet search skills and be able to use an excel spreadsheet. The successful intern will ideally be an undergraduate student in the School of Politics and International Relations (or the Faculty of Social Sciences). They will also have an understanding and interest in gender issues in society and politics, although this is desired rather than essential.

The ‘WomanStats’ data Collection Intern will:

  • Gather data from surveys, state legislation, policy websites, NGOs, academic research and other sources
  • Create and maintain datasets
  • Assist with descriptive analysis of data
  • Work as part of a team to code qualitative data
  • Meet with Dr. den Boer on a weekly basis to discuss challenges and findings and work together on coding

The ‘WomanStats’ Intern should:

  • Be an undergraduate student at the University of Kent in Politics and International Relations, SSPSSR, KBS, or KLS (i.e. Schools associated with the Q-Step Centre)
  • Be able to work over the Autumn and Spring terms during term time
  • Have a strong academic and attendance record—preference will be given to students with a grade average of 60% and above
  • Have experience/skills in using Microsoft Excel or similar packages
  • Be detail oriented (e.g. able to follow guidelines in constructing bibliographies according to correct rules)
  • Have the ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Have experience of analysing research (desirable)
  • Have an understanding of gender in politics and society (desirable)

This is a paid internship for up to 8 hours per week, at £8.08/hour. Hours to be agreed between the successful applicant and the Project Lead – work will be undertaken on campus and remotely. This internship is spread across Autumn, Spring and Summer terms and will run for approximately 20 weeks.

To apply:

Interested students should apply by email, sending a CV and covering letter outlining their suitability and how they meet the above criteria to Claire Tanner – C.Tanner@kent.ac.uk.  The deadline for all applications is 5pm on Wednesday 22nd November.

Exclusive! IRI Volunteering Opportunity – advancing democracy worldwide

The International Republican Institute’s Brussels office is delighted to offer a volunteering opportunity within its Beacon Project:

The Beacon Project seeks to build on IRI’s 35 years of experience in supporting democracy across the globe, by addressing gaps in democratic governance exploited by domestic and foreign hostile powers through disinformation and propaganda. With its >versus< media monitoring tool, national polling and regular political and civil society round tables, the Beacon Project works with partners from across the transatlantic area and wider Europe to mitigate the impact of disinformation through open dialogue and data-driven approaches.

The selected volunteer will work together with Beacon’s analysts and expert partners to capture and analyse disinformation narratives in Central-Eastern Europe, namely, in the Visegrad Countries, the Baltics and the Balkans. Although training in the use of the >versus< media monitoring tool will be provided, basic quantitative data-gathering and data-analytical skills are required. As minor administrative tasks might also be required, excellent communications skills, and grasp of Microsoft Office programmes (in particular, Excel) are highly desirable.

Interested students should apply, with a CV and cover letter, to C.Tanner@kent.ac.uk. The deadline for applications is Friday 24th November at 5pm. Further details are below;

The successful volunteer would be expected to:

  • Under-go relevant training on using the Beacon Project’s >versus< tool
  • Gather data using the >versus< tool across time and multiple media outlets
  • Analyse the data output and, where appropriate, link to Beacon Project polling results
  • Regularly communicate with the Beacon team of analysts and experts to discuss findings
  • Under-take minor administrative tasks when attending Beacon Project’s roundtables
  • Edit texts and analyses prepared with Beacon Project regional local monitors
  • Provide administrative support for Beacon Project’s meetings and round tables
  • Provide administrative support to the project’s daily operation

A prospective volunteer should should:

  • Be in the final year of his/her undergraduate studies or a Master’s student in the School of Politics and IR
  • Be unafraid to take a research project from concept to realisation
  • Be able to work independently, meet deadlines and communicate regularly with our team
  • Have good communication skills
  • Have a strong academic record and, preferably, good knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Have experience in using Microsoft Office programmes, in particular, Excel
  • Have interest in media, democracy and or the area of disinformation and propaganda, and curiosity about the politics of Central-Eastern Europe
  • Knowledge of one or more Central-Eastern European languages is an advantage, but not a necessity

This is a voluntary position for up to 10 hours per week. Work will be undertaken remotely from Canterbury, and tasks will be discussed through regular weekly skype calls. The volunteer is expected to visit the Brussels office of IRI for a two-day orientation and training, and to attend two of its roundtables. Where possible, it would be envisaged to give the volunteer an opportunity to present his final research output to political and civil society leaders during the roundtables. Travel and all expenses will be covered for this position by IRI and the School of Politics and International Relations.

The voluntary position is envisaged for a period of 6 months, starting in January 2018.

 

 

 

 

Research Centre Internship Opportunity: Centre for Critical Thought

The School of Politics and IR is pleased to announce a vacancy for a student internship within the Centre for Critical Thought. The Centre for Critical Thought (CCT) aims to consolidate, sustain and develop cutting-edge research on critically-oriented theory within the humanities and social sciences. Research within the CCT focuses on the nature and scope of critical thought from an intrinsically interdisciplinary perspective.

School Research Centre internships are a new initiative to support the development of student skills and employability, as well as helping to build capacity within and raise the profile of the School’s Research Centres. The internships are funded by the School and are available exclusively to SPIR students.

The successful student intern will:

  • Support the administrative and other work of the Research Centre, under the guidance of the Centre’s Director and other staff
  • Develop or work on a Research Centre blog, writing and commissioning content of interest to students, staff and other stakeholders and raising the profile of the Centre
  • Use social media (including Twitter and Facebook) to promote the work of the Centre and to raise its profile, and work within the School to engage students in the Centre’s work
  • Support the running of Centre events, and propose events and activities to further promote the Centre’s work particularly on campus and amongst students
  • Support individual researchers within the Centre on research projects and activities where such work is available
  • Undertake any other duties to support the work of the School of Politics and IR, including employability and recruitment / marketing tasks

The successful student intern should:

  • Be an undergraduate or postgraduate student from the School of Politics and IR, at Stage 2 or above (including Bi-Diplôme and Joint Honours students)
  • Have a strong academic and attendance record. Priority will be given to students with a grade average of a 2:1 (60%) or above, and an attendance average of 70% or above
  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in the area of the research centre, either through module choice / academic record or extra-curricular activities
  • Be able to work independently on given tasks, and to show initiative and creativity
  • Have experience of using social media and writing blog articles or other online content

Applications

This is a paid internship (six hours per week at £7.68/hour) and will last until February 2018 initially, with the possibility of an extension to the end of the academic year. Students should be available to commit six hours per week on average including during some vacations.

Interested students should apply by emailing a CV and cover letter to Ellie Hayes (E.Hayes@kent.ac.uk) by 12pm on Wednesday 25th October. Interviews are likely to be held in the week commencing 30th October and all applications will be acknowledged. The University’s Careers and Employability Service can provide CV and cover letter advice (www.kent.ac.uk/ces)

 

Research Centre Internship Opportunity: Global Europe Centre (GEC

The School of Politics and IR is pleased to announce a vacancy for a student internship within its Global Europe Centre. The Global Europe Centre (GEC) is a research centre focusing on Europe, its member states, and its place in a changing world. It brings together leading international academics from politics and international relations, economics, law, business, and European culture in order to explore the contemporary policy challenges to Europe and its nation states.

School Research Centre internships are a new initiative to support the development of student skills and employability, as well as helping to build capacity within and raise the profile of the School’s Research Centres. The internships are funded by the School and are available exclusively to SPIR students.

The successful student intern will:

  • Support the administrative and other work of the Research Centre, under the guidance of the Centre’s Director and other staff
  • Develop or work on a Research Centre blog, writing and commissioning content of interest to students, staff and other stakeholders and raising the profile of the Centre
  • Use social media (including Twitter and Facebook) to promote the work of the Centre and to raise its profile, and work within the School to engage students in the Centre’s work
  • Support the running of Centre events, and propose events and activities to further promote the Centre’s work particularly on campus and amongst students
  • Support individual researchers within the Centre on research projects and activities where such work is available
  • Undertake any other duties to support the work of the School of Politics and IR, including employability and recruitment / marketing tasks

The successful student intern should:

  • Be an undergraduate or postgraduate student from the School of Politics and IR, at Stage 2 or above (including Bi-Diplôme and Joint Honours students)
  • Have a strong academic and attendance record. Priority will be given to students with a grade average of a 2:1 (60%) or above, and an attendance average of 70% or above
  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in the area of the research centre, either through module choice / academic record or extra-curricular activities
  • Be able to work independently on given tasks, and to show initiative and creativity
  • Have experience of using social media and writing blog articles or other online content

Applications

This is a paid internship (six hours per week at £7.68/hour) and will last until February 2018 initially, with the possibility of an extension to the end of the academic year. Students should be available to commit six hours per week on average including during some vacations.

Interested students should apply by emailing a CV and cover letter to Ellie Hayes (E.Hayes@kent.ac.uk) by 12pm on Wednesday 11th October. Interviews are likely to be held on Tuesday 17th October and all applications will be acknowledged. The University’s Careers and Employability Service can provide CV and cover letter advice (www.kent.ac.uk/ces)

Research Centre Internship Opportunity: Conflict Analysis and Research Centre (CARC)

The School of Politics and IR is pleased to announce a vacancy for a student internship within its Conflict Analysis Research Centre. The Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC) is a multi-disciplinary research centre and centre of excellence in the study of political conflict, developing original theory and analysis and supporting creative approaches to the management and transformation of violent conflict.

School Research Centre internships are a new initiative to support the development of student skills and employability, as well as helping to build capacity within and raise the profile of the School’s Research Centres. The internships are funded by the School and are available exclusively to SPIR students.

The successful student intern will:

  • Support the administrative and other work of the Research Centre, under the guidance of the Centre’s Director and other staff
  • Develop or work on a Research Centre blog, writing and commissioning content of interest to students, staff and other stakeholders and raising the profile of the Centre
  • Use social media (including Twitter and Facebook) to promote the work of the Centre and to raise its profile, and work within the School to engage students in the Centre’s work
  • Support the running of Centre events, and propose events and activities to further promote the Centre’s work particularly on campus and amongst students
  • Support individual researchers within the Centre on research projects and activities where such work is available
  • Undertake any other duties to support the work of the School of Politics and IR, including employability and recruitment / marketing tasks

The successful student intern should:

  • Be an undergraduate or postgraduate student from the School of Politics and IR, at Stage 2 or above (including Bi-Diplôme and Joint Honours students)
  • Have a strong academic and attendance record. Priority will be given to students with a grade average of a 2:1 (60%) or above, and an attendance average of 70% or above
  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in the area of the research centre, either through module choice / academic record or extra-curricular activities
  • Be able to work independently on given tasks, and to show initiative and creativity
  • Have experience of using social media and writing blog articles or other online content

Applications

This is a paid internship (six hours per week at £7.68/hour) and will last until February 2018 initially, with the possibility of an extension until the end of the academic year. Students should be available to commit six hours per week on average including during some vacation periods.

Interested students should apply by emailing a CV and cover letter to Ellie Hayes (E.Hayes@kent.ac.uk) by 12pm on Monday 2nd October 2017. Interviews are likely to be held on Friday 6th October and all applications will be acknowledged. The University’s Careers and Employability Service can provide CV and cover letter advice (www.kent.ac.uk/ces)

Considering a Career in Teaching?

Are you thinking about a career in teaching in Primary or Secondary Schools, or in Colleges of Further Education? Canterbury Christchurch University is holding a ‘Postgraduate Routes into Teaching’ Open Day on Saturday 6th June on their Canterbury Campus, where students and graduates can find out more about a career in education, and discuss their plans and questions with course staff. More information is available at http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/open-days/open-days-and-events.aspx.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to start teaching in the classroom straight away, Teach First offers the chance to learn through doing on their Leadership Development Programme for talented graduates. Teach First work primarily in areas of deprivation or need, and Teach First graduates will be supported in working alongside pupils from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, to tackle educational inequality.  For more information visit http://graduates.teachfirst.org.uk/

Skills and the Employability Points Scheme

Matt Cook from the University of Kent’s Employability Points Scheme writes about the importance of transferable skills and getting an edge in the employment market.

“Transferable skills” is a buzzword which is becoming increasingly fashionable in Higher Education. Students from a wide range of academic backgrounds are frequently asked to consider the core skills they have mastered from their studies, which can be implemented into a range of different industries.

For instance, data collected by the Higher Education Careers Service Unit in September 2014 confirmed that 19.6% of Politics graduates* found employment in Business, HR and Finance and 15.6% started careers in marketing, PR and sales. Additionally, retail, catering and clerical roles were popular with Politics graduates.

Whereas these graduates studied a range of courses covering International Politics, Peace Studies, Human Rights and American Foreign policy, it was due to their “transferable skills” that they found graduate employment in areas such as business, marketing and finance.

But how do students secure an edge for a job, which has no direct relevance to their academic studies? What makes a Politics graduate more suitable for a marketing position than a History or Law graduate? Understandably, key skills, such as communication, problem solving and research skills can be developed from a range of academic contexts.

It is in such situations that initiatives such as the Employability Points scheme looks to ensure students can apply their transferable skills to a range of industries and stand-out to prospective employers. To get noticed by graduate recruiters, students are increasingly required to show evidence of work-ready skills and relevant work experience. The EP scheme ensures both these prerequisites are attained. For instance, by earning points by working part-time, volunteering, organising events, to name a few, students can gain these ‘real life’ skills employers want.  By offering rewards, such as 3-month internships, work experience and work shadowing placements, students can gain work experience in a range of different industries through the EP scheme.

Therefore, by earning Employability Points and getting rewarded, students can not only develop ‘real life’ skills, but also apply transferable skills to a range of different industries, gaining increasingly important work experience. In 2013-14, students from the School of Politics and International Relations gained experiences of retail management through Waterstones, art management via the Lilford Gallery and Framers, and events management with Canterbury Cathedral Lodge. Such opportunities will be available for 2014-15 and much more.

With that in mind: “Get Involved! Get Rewarded!” with the EP Scheme and for more information please visit www.kent.ac.uk/employabilitypoints or email the EP team via employabilitypoints@kent.ac.uk

*4,435 Politics graduates surveyed.

Fully funded EU Simulation Experience in Japan for Politics Students!

We are excited to be able to offer students in the School of Politics and IR the opportunity to take part in a Model European Union simulation at Waseda University in Tokyo in January 2015! Two FULLY FUNDED places are available and students of all stages and programmes are eligible to apply – please see further details below. The deadline for applying for this opportunity is Wednesday 10th December at 9am, and successful students will be notified shortly afterwards. It is expected that students will be able to do some preparatory work ahead of the trip, and will write a report / account of their trip for the School’s website.

The Opportunity

Waseda University in Tokyo, in collaboration with Hong Kong Baptist University, will be hosting a Model European Union simulation, based on the European Council, on 24th and 25th  January 2015. Students from New Zealand, Thailand, China and Hong Kong will join students from Kent in discussing issues such as the current crisis in Ukraine, and all students should have a strong knowledge of the European Union and its institutions, along with an interest in simulations and the practical application of their academic knowledge. A member of staff from the School of Politics and International Relations will accompany two students from the School, and support will be provided to students in preparing for this opportunity and embedding the experience in their CVs. For more information, please contact Siobhan Dumphy on S.Dumphy@kent.ac.uk.

How to Apply

  • Please send a  one page covering letter (detailing why you would like to take part in this trip and what skills you could bring to the simulation) and a two page CV by email to both Claire Tanner and Siobhan Dumphy (C.Tanner@kent.ac.uk and S.Dumphy@kent.ac.uk) by Wednesday 10th December at 9am. You should also, in the body of your email, explain in 100 words or less what you believe to be the EU’s greatest achievement of the past 25 years.
  • Please put ‘Wadesa EU Model Simulation Application’ in the subject line of your email
  • Please ensure before you apply that you have a valid passport and any other relevant travel documentation needed for travel to Japan – Kent Union can advise students with queries about visas etc.
  • Please ensure before you apply that you are able to travel to Japan on 23rd January 2015, and to return on either 25th or 26th January 2015

This is an excellent development opportunity and we welcome applications from all, including Joint Honours and Bi-Diplome students.

 

**NEW Kent Union Internships**

The School of Politics and IR IS delighted to announce 2 NEW PAID INTERNSHIPS, exclusively for Politics and IR students, with Kent Union! Details are below, and these opportunities are open to students of ALL stages, including our Bi-Diplome and Joint Honours students. There is no additional language requirement and these internships will begin in the new year, with work taking place on the Canterbury campus. Both internships will allow you the opportunity to conduct research and develop communication, project-management and team-working skills, and would provide an excellent foundation for students hoping to progress into a career in research, politics, students’ unions or campaigning.

Representation and Campaigns Intern

The Kent Union Representation and Campaigns Intern will help to set up a campaign hub for students wishing to campaign, and support the engagement of students in the Union’s internal democratic systems. Duties will include researching existing provision, creating campaigning materials and working with Kent Union’s Representation and Democracy department to engage students in activism. This is a PAID position and will last for four-five months, for between 8 and 20 hours per week. For more information, please visit;

http://www.kentunion.co.uk/employability/jobshop/vacancy/1073/

Academic Societies Intern

The Kent Union Academic Societies Intern will look at the scope for introducing academic societies across the University of Kent. Duties will include researching existing arrangements at Kent and elsewhere, considering how academic societies might help students build links with their school and develop their skills and proposing new arrangements and structures. This is a PAID position and will last for four-five months, for between 8 and 20 hours per week. For more information, please visit;

http://www.kentunion.co.uk/employability/jobshop/vacancy/1074/

For further information, please do get in touch with Claire Tanner on C.Tanner@kent.ac.uk – applications should be made using the forms on the Jobshop website (see links above) and should be emailed to kentunionrecruitment@kent.ac.uk. The deadline for both internships is Monday 1st December.